Here's how we engage with the world around us, who we support and what we stand for as a company. You could say these are our bearings:
In our hometown of Philadelphia, we support the National Services Center (NSC) and City Kitties.
NSC is Philadelphia's leading immigrant and refugee service organization empowering individuals to build a self-sustaining and dignified future. For more on what they do, please visit: https://nscphila.org/
City Kitties is a cat shelter that rescues cats, provides vet care and ultimately a home. We adopted a crazy rogue now named Hugo from them. In 2018, we launched a product called 'Santa Claws' in support of City Kitties. 'Santa Claws' returns in 2019. Learn about them here: http://www.citykitties.org/
We all love some form of art, whether it's a painting, a photograph or a performance. At Bearings, our products are brought to life by commissioning artists to design our coffee characters. In Philadelphia, we pour complimentary coffee for a selection of theater companies when they are hosting events. In 2020, we will do a visual arts project in Haiti, which we’ll share with you once complete.
Our founder lived in Haiti from 2008 to 2014, helping to setup a variety of social enterprise projects, including the Haiti Coffee Academy. In the long term we hope to establish our own farm in Haiti, but until then we'll sell some Haitian chocolate and coffee supplied directly by Haitian producers.
Our dream project is the Dark Skies Initiative. For centuries, the explorers, the thinkers, and the curious looked to the sky for guidance and direction: It's how people found their bearings. But due to light pollution, it’s more difficult to do so today because the sky is harder to see.
The International Dark Skies Initiative (IDA) wants to uncover the cosmos so, you too can see the stars. IDA has created what’s called ‘Dark Sky Parks’, and over the next five years (2018 to 2023) we endeavor to launch a Dark Sky park in a coffee producing country. It's a tall order, but we all have dreams.
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